look

verb
\ ˈlu̇k How to pronounce look (audio) \
looked; looking; looks

Definition of look

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make sure or take care (that something is done) censor to look that no man lived idly— Edward Gee
2 : to ascertain by the use of one's eyes look what I brought you
3a : to exercise the power of vision upon : examine
b archaic : to search for
4a : expect, anticipate we look to have a good year
b : to have in mind as an end looking to win back some lost profits
5 archaic : to bring into a place or condition by the exercise of the power of vision
6 : to express by the eyes or facial expression the friar looked his surprise— Robert Brennan
7 : to have an appearance that befits or accords with looks her age

intransitive verb

1a : to exercise the power of vision : see
b : to direct one's attention look upon the future with hope look at the map
c : to direct the eyes looked up from the newspaper
2 : to have the appearance or likelihood of being : seem it looks unlikely looks to be hard work
3 : to have a specified outlook the house looked east
4 : to gaze in wonder or surprise : stare
5 : to show a tendency the evidence looks to acquittal
look after
: to take care of looked after her sick mother
look at
1 : consider sense 1 looking at the possibility of relocating
2 : confront, face looking at a mandatory fine— Cindy Kilass
look down one's nose
: to view something with arrogance, disdain, or disapproval writers who look down their noses at popular culture
look for
1 : to await with hope or anticipation You can look for me to arrive at noon.
2 : to search for : seek looking for a new car
look forward
: to anticipate with pleasure or satisfaction looking forward to your visit
look into
: explore sense 1a Investigators are looking into the cause of the accident.
look the other way
: to direct one's attention away from something unpleasant or troublesome We can't just look the other way while these violations of human rights continue to occur.
look to
1 : to direct one's attention to looking to the future
2 : to rely upon looks to reading for relaxation

look

noun

Definition of look (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of looking
b : glance
2a : the expression of the countenance
b : physical appearance especially : attractive physical appearance usually used in plural
c : a combination of design features giving a unified appearance a new look in women's fashions
3 : the state or form in which something appears

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Verb

expect, hope, look mean to await some occurrence or outcome. expect implies a high degree of certainty and usually involves the idea of preparing or envisioning. expects to be finished by Tuesday hope implies little certainty but suggests confidence or assurance in the possibility that what one desires or longs for will happen. hopes to find a job soon look, with to, implies assurance that expectations will be fulfilled looks to a tidy profit from the sale ; with for it implies less assurance and suggests an attitude of expectancy and watchfulness. look for rain when the wind shifts to the northeast

Examples of look in a Sentence

Verb

He looked straight ahead and kept walking. When you take a walk, look around you. She smiled at me and then looked away. He looked back the way he had come. Look both ways before you cross the street. When I finally reached the top I was afraid to look down. She looked from one person to the next. They looked off into the distance. He was looking over his shoulder. Her new haircut makes her look young.

Noun

I don't think you left it here, but I'll take a look around for it. I took a quick look, but he wasn't there.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Just what that coalition looks like is still a topic of debate among the pundit class and voters on the left. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Who’s Afraid of the Bernie Bros?," 4 Mar. 2019 No one really knows what Anne Boleyn actually looked like. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Anne Boleyn's Lost "B" Necklace Is One of the Great Jewelry Mysteries," 4 Mar. 2019 This is the subconscious hurdle of what being a double minority sometimes look like: practicing the art of compassion and compromise even when one of your communities causes pain to the other. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019 As looks like Naomi's showed, frills and ruffles were definitely not off-limits. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell, Living Legend, Closes the Valentino Couture Show," 23 Jan. 2019 But don't be surprised to also see the actor looking fashion-forward as hell in some artsy editorial shoots. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "10 Jace Norman Facts Every True "Henry Danger" Fan Should Know," 23 Jan. 2019 From monochromatic makeup to glowing skin, these are the makeup looks every It-Girl will be wearing this year. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé's Makeup Artist Says These Will Be the Coolest Makeup Trends of 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 In contrast, the South looked cluttered from the start and only devolved into chaos. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Way-too-early Pac-12 football predictions: Can Washington rule the North once again?," 23 Jan. 2019 Chip posted a photo of their six-month-old baby, Crew, looking ready to do some work on the house, just like Dad. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Baby Crew Dressed As Chip Gaines Is The Cutest Thing You’ll See Today," 22 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The set was a fitting look for Miley, who just rocked a suit (albeit by Mugler) at the Grammy Awards weeks ago. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Make a PDA-Filled Red Carpet Appearance at a Charity Gala," 1 Mar. 2019 Brown pawprints on a white carpet is never a good look, not to mention a pain to clean. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The MudBuster Will Stop Your Dog From Tracking Mud Inside The House," 15 Feb. 2019 Chamber’s novel is a beautiful look at a community that is grappling with impending change. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 On the night of the BAFTAs, Shayk ditched the all-white color scheme for an all-black look that featured a Burberry tuxedo jacket, trousers, and embellished heels. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Looked So Chic in All-White Chanel for a Night Out with Bradley Cooper," 11 Feb. 2019 Store your spices in the RAJTAN spice jars for a uniform look. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "X-tra Counter Space," 11 Feb. 2019 Options include: primer and paint, wood stain with polyurethane varnish topcoat, or for a natural-wood look, only polyurethane. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 PCWorld sat down with Josh Newman, the general manager of mobile innovation segments for Intel, for an exclusive look at Project Athena’s guiding principles. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 The Klingons have hair again (fans did not care for the bald look), and Michelle Yeoh returns as the former ruler of the Terran Empire, Philippa Georgiou. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spock smiles in the face of danger in new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery S2," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of look

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for look

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English lōcian; akin to Old Saxon lōcōn to look

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look

verb

English Language Learners Definition of look

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to direct your eyes in a particular direction
: to seem to be something especially because of appearance
: to have an appearance that is suitable for (something)

look

noun

English Language Learners Definition of look (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of looking at something
: the act of examining or considering something
: the act of trying to find something or someone

look

verb
\ ˈlu̇k How to pronounce look (audio) \
looked; looking

Kids Definition of look

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to use the power of vision : see Look before you cross.
2 : to direct the attention or eyes Look in the mirror. Look at the map.
3 : seem sense 1 That looks dangerous.
4 : to have an appearance that is suitable He looks his age.
5 : face entry 2 sense 1 The house looks east.
look after
: to take care of Look after the children.
look down on
: to regard as bad or inferior
look out
: to be careful
look up
1 : to search for in a reference book Look it up in the dictionary.
2 : to get better Your chances are looking up.
look up to

look

noun

Kids Definition of look (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of looking We took a look around.
2 : the expression on a person's face or in a person's eyes The child had a mischievous look.
3 looks plural : physical appearance good looks
4 : appearance that suggests what something is or means The cloth has a look of leather.

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